Category Archives: Interesting, But Outside

Many of us are the technology equivilents of trans-spotters. Here's cool stuff from other expertises.

All-In-One Microdisplay from Compound Photonics

image.pngChris Chinnock, of Insight Media notes that Compound Photonics has been an innovator in microdisplay technology for decades (under previous names as well). The press release below shows they are now at the forefront of microdisplay technology for AR/MR applications. Their focus is on monolithic, very-small-pixel displays for waveguide integration and their new backplane architecture can support both LCOS and microLED frontplanes. I have never heard of a backplane with both voltage drive for LCOS and current drive for microLEDs, but they have one. And, some may recall that it was the CP Nova backplane that was bonded to a microLED frontplane from Plessey Semiconductor (now part of Facebook). This new architecture addresses all the current pain points in AR/MR microdisplay devices, as they note in detail below. I look forward to learning more during Mike Lee’s SID Business Conference presentation on Aug. 3.

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Affleck Avid Congo Crisis – “Gimme Shelter”

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April 2, 2009 – Cambridge actor Ben Affleck credits Avid Technology for easing his directing turn in “Gimme Shelter,” a documentary on the humanitarian crisis in the Congo.

Affleck touts the Avid Media Composer software in a new podcast on the Tewksbury company’s Web site. It’s the latest installment of Avid’s “The Rough Cut” series of interviews with industry pros sharing their stories about working with its products.

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SGI Sells Itself to Rackable

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Time was, there was a Silicon Graphics (SGIC) workstation on every desk in computationally-intense industries like chemistry and film production. No longer. Cheap Linux boxes have rendered them obsolete and SGI, the company, along with them. This morning, SGI, which recently endured a brace of layoffsfiled for bankruptcy protection for a second time and sold itself to Rackable Systems, which makes server and storage products for midsize and large data centers, for $25 million in cash.

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